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Gene's Place

Gene's Place

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Gene's Place
3616 Louisa Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
P: 412-682-9213

Games: Darts

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User Reviews Average User Rating: 8.2

User Reviews Average User Rating: 8.2

By: TarynNicole - Jun 22 2015 @ 02:05 PM

User's Rating: 8

Gene's Place is an awesome little hole in the wall bar that nearly always offers a relaxed and fun time. Away from the main drag of Forbes, Gene's is located in central Oakland right off of Atwood in a convenient spot for students living in the area! This is a great spot to catch the game and grab a pitcher with friends on any day of the week. Although it is a small interior space it feels cozy and not uncomfortable.

I would absolutely recommend Gene's to others. The service is always good and so are the prices. There's a jukebox as well as darts so even if you're not into the sports game there's something to entertain oneself. Gene's Place is a nice little spot in the middle of a college neighborhood that draws in a crowd of all ages and has a lot to offer!

By: Swoosh - Sep 12 2008 @ 10:12 AM

User's Rating: 7

This Oakland bar feels a lot like bar I might find in my hometown, minus the meth-addicts and Confederate Flag wavers. Gene's Place is a small corner bar located at the intersection of Louisa Street and York Way in the middle of South Oakland. Small probably isn't the right adjective to describe this bar; it is more like tiny. Gene's Place is carved from a house which was most likely someone's residence at some point much like many bars you find in rural America.

Inside Gene's place doesn't try to dazzle you with flashy decor or a fabulous selection of beers. Most of the beers offered here are Iron City products. I was able to speak to the owner and manager named Gene (undoubtedly where his bar got its namesake), and he informed me that almost all his patrons drink Iron City products then jokingly said that his bar was the reason why Iron City was still in business. He then convinced me to get a draft of Iron City Lite (22oz draft is reasonably priced at $2.75), and though it wasn't one of the best beers I've tasted it's nice to see a local bar supporting Pittsburgh's local breweries.

The prices at Gene's Place are pretty cheap, even for Oakland standards. Most all 22oz drafts are 2.75 and well-drinks are $2.50. Even the more expensive liquors are cheap. Johnny Walker Black Label scotch, Jameson, JD, and Patron are all priced under $5.

What I really liked about Gene's Place was the awesome selection on the Jukebox. It had a little bit of everything with hundreds of albums to choose from. They even had multiple albums from my favorite music artist Warren Zevon.

Gene's Place seemed to me to draw a cult-like following. There was a mix of local old-timers and younger college students. All of the patron's seemed to know each other and the bartender called most of them by name. In many cases bars that draw cult-followings are cold to outsiders. Not Gene's, though it was my first time there everyone, including the owner, was extremely friendly.

My only problem with this bar was the location of the dart board. First of all, I think Gene's is way too small to have a dart board located in a spot that wouldn't be in the way. It is in the middle of the bar so anyone having to use the restrooms has to dodge flying projectiles in order to piss.

By: JulieTM - May 30 2007 @ 02:11 PM

User's Rating: 10

I love this bar. It's my favorite place to hang out. It's cheap drinks and nice people. Don't expect to get in if you're underage, though - The door guy does his job.
They have a website too

By: Monster - Mar 16 2007 @ 05:29 PM

User's Rating: 8

Located on Louisa St between Atwood and Meyran, Gene's place is a small joint about the size of your average basement.
But don't get me wrong, it's a great place to hang out and meet some real characters. There's always a beer special, although if you're looking for imports this isn't the place for you. Most of the draft selection is domestic with plenty of beers from Pittsburgh brewing company(Iron City, IC Light, Augustiner), and some of the daily features include $1.50 well drinks(every day), $2.50 pints of Guinness (Thursdays), and the almost famous $3 long islands (Saturdays).
The staff is friendly, and if you like sarcasm, you'll get along fine with the bartenders. Usually, the man himself (Gene) can be found either behind the bar or drinking and throwing darts with the patrons.
There's no kitchen, so if you want to eat something other than a bag of chips that's been on display since Reagan was president, you'd do well by ordering take out (which you can eat at the bar).
Gene's is a late night place, and usually doesn't open until 7pm. Visit for daily specials and hours.

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